The University Writing Center has four satellite locations in addition to our main center at Gelman Library: Himmelfarb Library, Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon campus, Innovation Hall on the Ashburn Campus, and the Multicultural Student Services Center. All writing consultation conferences are free to members of the GW community.

Although appointments are not required and drop-ins are welcome, we do recommend that you reserve a time slot as the Writing Center's appointments do tend to fill up quickly.  Schedule an appointment online!

Résumés and CV's

Regarding application materials for jobs, internships, schools, and study abroad, the GW Writing Center is happy to help students work on personal statements and cover letters. The Writing Center conducts sessions in dialogue with writers: we ask questions and engage in dicussions about argument, organization, uses of examples or vidence, clarity of expression, and attention to audience. Our dialogic approach works well with personal statements and cover letters because these genres allow for non-discipline-specific dicussions of these elements. The Writing Center does not provide feedback on résumés or CV's, however. The length and format for résumés vary widely depending upon the discipline they target, and the various career centers on campus are thus better positioned to support students as they write résumés for specific majors.

For more information on how you can make an appointment with a Center Ambassador and online resources for résumés and CV's, visit the Career Services page.


Group Projects

We welcome small groups into the Center who are working on collaborative writing projects. For group-written assignmens, we require that all group members attend the appointment to discuss the whole piece, because we can't discuss the writing of a person who isn't present. If you have written an individual section, we can meet with you individually to discuss that portion of the project only. 


Take-Home Midterms and Final Exams

The Writing Center is happy to support your work on take-home essays assigned as midterms or finals, as long as your professor permits Writing Center help. For these types of projects, we must have an email from your professor giving you (or the entire class) permission to use the Center, because we want to respect the University’s Code of Academic Integrity. Ask your professor whether you have permission to use the Center for your take-home exam and, if so, to send us an email granting that approval. The email should include your name and the course title, and should be sent to [email protected]. We must have this email before your appointment begins.


The above policies and procedures have been developed in collaboration with student writers, consultants, faculty, and administrators to strengthen the GW Writing Center's commitment to ethical writing practices and to provide clear expectations of the Center's mission in practice. Feel free to contact the Writing Center director at [email protected] if you have any questions.